Cliff Richard

~ Person


Born: in Lucknow, India

Annotation last modified on 2005-09-21 09:54 UTC.

Legal name: Harry Rodger Webb


Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb, 14 October 1940) is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. Richard has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He has total sales of over 21 million singles in the United Kingdom and is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

With his backing group, the Shadows, Richard, originally positioned as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Little Richard and Elvis Presley, dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His 1958 hit single, "Move It", is often described as Britain's first authentic rock and roll song, and John Lennon once claimed that "before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music." Increased focus on his Christian faith and subsequent softening of his music later led to a more middle of the road pop image, and he sometimes ventured into contemporary Christian music.

Over a career spanning more than 50 years Richard has amassed many gold and platinum discs and awards, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and two Ivor Novello Awards. He has had more than 130 singles, albums and EPs make the UK Top 20, more than any other artist and holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s). He has achieved 14 UK No. 1 singles, and is the only singer to have had a No. 1 single in the UK in five consecutive decades: the 1950s through to the 1990s.

Richard has never achieved the same impact in the United States despite eight US Top 40 singles, including the million-selling "Devil Woman" and "We Don't Talk Anymore". In Canada, Richard achieved comparatively more success, with a successful period in the early 1960s, and again in the late 1970s and early 1980s with some singles and albums reaching gold and platinum status. He has remained a popular music, film, and television personality in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Northern Europe and Asia, and he retains a following in other countries.

Richard has been a resident in the United Kingdom for most of his life, but in 2010, he confirmed that he had become a citizen of Barbados. He divides his time between living in Barbados and Portugal.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Cliff Richard: The Hit List Cliff Richard 1
Die Story 1983-1987 und seine deutschen Hits Cliff Richard 1
Hits Cliff Richard 1
I'm Nearly Famous Cliff Richard 1
My Swedish Collection Cliff Richard 1
On the Continent, Volume 1 Cliff Richard 1
On the Continent, Volume 2 Cliff Richard 1
On the Continent, Volume 3 Cliff Richard 1
On the Continent, Volume 4 Cliff Richard 1
The Cliff Richard Collection (1976-1994) Cliff Richard 1
The Complete Collection Cliff Richard 1
The Danish Collection Cliff Richard 1
The Definitive Film and Musical Album Cliff Richard 1
The Definitive Love Album Cliff Richard 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Dressed for the Occasion Cliff Richard 1
1987 Cliff Cliff Richard & The Drifters 2
1990 From A Distance: The Event Cliff Richard 3 2
2004 The World Tour Cliff Richard 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Songs From Heathcliff Cliff Richard 1
1996 Heathcliff Live (1996 original Birmingham cast) Cliff Richard 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Schoolboy Crush / Move It Cliff Richard 1
1959 Livin' Lovin' Doll Cliff Richard and The Drifters 1
1959 Living Doll Cliff Richard & The Drifters 1
1959 Living Doll / Apron Strings Cliff Richard & The Drifters 1
1964 I Could Easily Fall in Love With You Cliff Richard 1
1964 Constantly (L'Edera) Cliff Richard 1
1964 The Twelfth of Never / I'm Afraid to Go Home Cliff Richard 1
1965 The Minute You're Gone Cliff Richard 1
1973 Power to All Our Friends Cliff Richard 1
1976 Devil Woman Cliff Richard 2
1980 Carrie Cliff Richard 1
1980 Dreamin' Cliff Richard 1
1981 Daddy's Home Cliff Richard 1
1984 Two to the Power of Love Janet Jackson & Cliff Richard 1
1986 All I Ask of You Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman 1
1986 Living Doll Cliff Richard & The Young Ones 2
1988 Mistletoe & Wine Cliff Richard 2
1989 Whenever God Shines His Light Van Morrison with Cliff Richard 1
1991 Scarlet Ribbons Cliff Richard 1
1993 Healing Love Cliff Richard 1
1995 Had To Be Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard 1
1998 Living Doll Cliff Richard 1
1999 The Millennium Prayer Cliff Richard 2
2004 I Cannot Give You My Love Cliff Richard 1
2006 21st Century Christmas Cliff Richard 1
2007 When I Need You Cliff Richard 1
Peace in Our Time Cliff Richard 1
Santa's List Cliff Richard 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 Cliff No. 1 Cliff Richard 1
1959 Expresso Bongo Cliff Richard 2
1959 Serious Charge Cliff Richard and The Drifters 1
1960 Cliff's Hit Parade Cliff Richard 1
1962 Cliff's Hits Cliff Richard 1
1965 Wind Me Up... Cliff Richard 1
2006 Bite Size: Cliff Richard Cliff Richard 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 The Interview: Tim Rice in Conversation With Cliff Richard 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Remember Me Cliff Richard 1
40 Jahre - 40 Hits (disc 1) Cliff Richard 1

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